WHO COULD BE ATTORNEY GENERAL? CERTAINLY NOT ONE WHO HAS NOT BEEN CALLED TO THE BAR

The executive should seek legal advice before making appointments. The country is now without an Attorney General and Minister of Justice. MrBasiru Mahoney was removed on Thursday, 8 January 2015 but nosubstantive appointment was made.    The public is informed that the
Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology is to
oversee the Ministry of Justice. That begs the question: Who is
the Attorney General of the Republic?
Section 71(2) states among other things that:
“……a person shall not be qualified to be appointed Attorney
General unless he or she is a legal practitioner of at least five
years standing at the Gambian bar.”

Hence no one could serve as Attorney General who is not a legal
practitioner of at least five years standing at the Gambian bar.
Furthermore, the Constitution is quite clear on the role of the
Attorney General.

SECTION 72(2) states that
“The Attorney General shall be the principal legal adviser to the
Government and shall have the right of audience in all courts in The
Gambia.”